Ironmaking, the Big Bang of Modern Industrial Technology
Posted October 10, 2018 12:03:49The history of the ironmaking industry goes back to the beginning of the 19th century.
The term “ironmaking” was coined by Thomas Jefferson in 1788 in reference to the production of iron ingots and bars by the British textile manufacturer, William Browning.
The name came into being in 1832, as a way of describing the manufacturing process that uses heat to turn iron ore into the desired metal.
The ironmaking business grew from a small number of factories in the U.K. in the early 19th Century to become one of the largest steelmakers in the world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
In the late 1950s, however, the boom in the domestic steel industry in the United States forced ironmakers to look for alternatives to their traditional manufacturing methods.
The emergence of new and cheaper technologies, like jet fuel and oil, prompted the U, S. Steel Corporation to begin manufacturing its own steel products, which became the basis for modern steelmaking.
The result was a boom in production and demand for steel, which made it easier for the company to continue the production process in the face of the domestic production slump.
The story of how steelmaking came to be, however and how the process changed from its origins in the 18th century to the modern era, is an important chapter in the history of American manufacturing.
In this series of posts, we’ll explore the history, development, and evolution of steelmaking in the US and the world.
John BarhamIronmaking is an ancient processThe process of making steel in ironmaking has roots dating back to about the 7th century, according to the National Bureau of Standards (NBS).
“This is when the first steelworks were built,” said Scott Dye, professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania.
“There was an iron making factory that existed in the town of Barham, in the southwest part of England.”
The first ironmaking factory in Britain was in the 16th century at Ballybarn in Lincolnshire, which employed around 1,000 workers.
“It was the largest factory in the country,” Dye said.
“You have to go back a long way to find an ironmaking in a large-scale industry.”
Ironmaking in America began in the mid-19th centuryIronmaking was introduced to the United Kingdom by Thomas Moore in 1789.
The first ironworks were in England in 1790.
This image shows the Ironworks in the Borough of Clapham, London.
In the mid to late 1800s, John Barham began making iron ingot and bar stock for the United Iron Works in Manchester, England.
The company eventually expanded to other parts of England, including Bristol, Manchester, and Manchester.
The Barham Ironworks continued to produce ingot, bar stock, and other materials for steelmaking until the 1930s.
Barham made iron ingott from iron ore, sand, and sulfuric acid.
“This stuff was called iron, iron sulphide, iron chloride, and iron sulfate,” Dyes said.
Bar and John Bargham worked closely together from 1790 to 1842.
The two had a close working relationship.
“John Barghams was a big supporter of John Barlamans son, who was in his thirties, who he had been with since the early 1840s,” Days said.
Barham also helped John Barganer in his business ventures.
“They worked together on a number of things, and the fact that they were both very active businessmen helped them get along,” Dose said.
The Barham ironworks produced over 40 million tons of iron in its lifetime, according the NBS.
In 1890, John Boulton became the first to manufacture iron ingoing for use in steelmaking at Barham.
Barghamp was instrumental in the development of the industrial revolution and steel production.
The invention of the jet engine made steel production viable.
Barraham, however was not able to survive the Great Depression and his ironmaking company was forced to close.
The ironmaking boom in AmericaThe Ironmakers of the 20th century also took on a different role from that of the Barham family.
“In the 1950s the United Steel Corporation was trying to find a way to survive in a global steel market, and they thought of ironmaking,” DYE said.
Ironmaking became a global industry in a big way, and this trend led to a boom of the US. steel industry, which in turn spurred the expansion of the steel industry globally.
The boom of iron making also meant that it was cheaper to make steel than other manufacturing methods, and it made steelmaking viable for people who could not afford it.
“We saw a massive boom in iron making and it became possible for people in other countries to do that,” D